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CNN
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
to leave the united states senate. senator jim demint joins us live this hour. we'll talk about his decision and new job. and syria's civil war is in a very dangerous perhaps decisive tipping point right now. can the world prevent bashar al assad from using chemical weapons against his own people? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama taking his battle to extend tax cuts for the middle class into the heart of the middle class suburb today. he visited a family just outside washington, d.c., using their story to dramatize what will happen in just 26 days if he and congress can't make a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff. a source of great concern for so many people, everyone's taxes will go up, will go up if there's no deal. let's go live to our white house correspondent dan lothian. he's on the scene for us over at the white house. how did it go, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, we've seen the president do this before in the past whenever he's locked in negotiations with lawmakers. he heads out on the road, either goes to a backyard or sits
FOX News
Dec 7, 2012 8:00am PST
the answers. a big seat to fill, they call him the king maker. conservative senator jim demint calling it quits who. will step in and what the change will mean for the next congress. if you're looking for an out of this world vacation, yes, you can have it literally, a trip to the moon for two, we are guessing it is all-inclusive, the whole story and the stunning price tag, all "happening now." good morning to you on this friday, the jobs numbers are in for november. i'm jon scott help the. >> reporter: i'm heather wheuld dreshelp the heather childress in nor jenna lee. >> it had more stimulus spending than it had in cuts and an indefinite, infinite increase in the debt limit like forever. four days ago we offered a serious proceed proceeds albased on testimony of president clinton's former chief of staff. since then there's been no counter offer from the white house. instead reports indicate that the president has adopted a deliberate strategy to slow walk our economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff. instead of reforming the tax code and cutting spending the president wants to r
CBS
Dec 7, 2012 7:00am PST
not. >>> and all that matters. >> south carolina tea party says jim demint is resigning. >> leaving the senate a lot better than i found it. >> jim demint leaves some big shoes to fill. >> jim demint leaves some big shoes to fill. then again -- captioning funded by cbs en again -- >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm charlie rose in new york. norah o'donnell is in washington. the northeastern coast of japan is still recovering from a devastating tsunami, less than two years ago. this morning, history threatened to repeat itself. >> that's right. a major earthquake struck in the pacific ocean overnight, setting off tsunami warnings in that same area that was hit so hard back in march 2011. lucy craft is in tokyo. lucy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this latest quake is just another reminder of how terribly vulnerable japan is to an assortment of natural disasters. memories of that triple tragedy in 2011 are vivid for all of us, but especially up in the northeastern coast of japan, which has yet to rebuild since last year's tragedy. here in tokyo, the 7.3 magnitude earthq
FOX News
Dec 6, 2012 4:00pm PST
resigning. an important man, too. south carolina senator jim demint a key force behind the tea party movement. the founder of the tea party caucus in the senate and who predicted that the healthcare debate would be president obama's water loo. remember that? earlier this week he argued that speaker boehner's proposal tax hikes would destroy jobs. but senator demind says his resignation has nothing to do with the fiscal cliff. it's because he has accepted a job as president of the conservative think tank the heritage foundation. jim demint served three terms as a u.s. congressman from south carolina before voters first elected him to the senate in 2004. mike emanuel is on capitol hill tonight. it's a big resignation,. >> jim demint says is he leaving the senate, shep he is not leaving the fight. in fact, demint might be able to spend more time on issues he is most passionate about at the heritage foundation. he explained his thinking on "special report" a short time ago. >> i think i'm in a more powerful position than a single united states senator. i wouldn't feel good about leaving
FOX News
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
7th. mart in a. martha: thank you vermart in a. martha: thank you very much. bill: jim demint the pep tea party senator from south carolina will leave his position in the senate and take a job at the heritage foundation. it's news crossing right now. bret baier's timing is perfect. he's live in d.c. right now. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. bill: demint is the guy who came out of the pau palmetto state. it was cut spending, make government smaller, and now this only after a couple of years. what do you make of it? >> reporter: this is a big deal. actually it's a surprise. frankly, many people inside washington believed jim demint might actually try to run for president at some time. some believed it was going to be last name, some believed he might even throw his hat in the ring for 2016. this announcement that he is leaving his post as senator, the junior senator from south carolina, and will take over at the heritage foundation, conservative think tank here in washington, that is a big job, and heritage foundation puts out a lot of things, as you know, and h
CBS
Dec 7, 2012 4:30am PST
republican jim demint announced yesterday that he's cutting his term short to join the heritage foundation. he said he would not run for a third term in 2016. >>> we're going to get the november jobs report from the labor department. they expect the unemployment rate to hold steady at 7.9% but they think job creation was down substantially from october because of superstorm sandy. >>> apple fans, did you know all your apple l products are made in china. you may have not that but it's about -- known that but it's about to change. they will start assembling one of their mass computer models here in the usa. analysts are calling this a big move. >> for apple l to step out and say this is something they want to do, they want to manufacture here in the united states, it's a big deal. and it's a big differentiator for this country. >> the plan did make apple products before the company moved production overseas. >>> zynga is a leader in virtual poker but it wants to get into real money gambling. they filed an application with the nevada gaming parole board, a process that could take up 18 moment
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
. stay away. so i guess jim demint is following that trend. what does that say about the most exclusive club? >> and the tea party. >> it's very telling. but first have to wish you happy slash the 'stache day. >> oh, thank you, mike. >> it's big, mike. a big day here. >> exciting. >> and this is one sign of how the younger, more partisan congress is pushing power to the outside. and it was very telling that jim demint, when he announced this, which took everyone by surprise. we knew that he wasn't running again in 2016, but he hadn't said what he was going to do. and he was in line to be the top republican on the commerce and transportation committee, a very powerful, very lucrative committee. they're going to be in charge of a rewrite of the highway bill, they're in charge of telecoms, a lot of other areas that bring in a lot of contributions. but when he announced this, he gave an interview to the editorial page of "the wall street journal," and he talked to rush limbaugh rather than talking directly to his colleagues. and that said it all about this outside power that you were pointi
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2012 11:00am PST
. >>> to our political war room now. south carolina republican senator jim demint stealing the spotlight this week with his sudden resignation, sparking a lot of speculation about who might replace him. so who will it be and what will demin's departure mean for the gop? and it might not be the only shake-up within the republican party as rnc chairman reis up f e election as well. alex fini and caton dawson, as well. former chairman of the south carolina republican party, former adviser to the rick perry campaign. good to have you both on this saturday afternoon. before we get to the discussion, let me go ahead and address the big elephant in the room, kate dawson. you told reporters at the hill that you would be open to filling the seat that's being left vacant by senator jim demint. has the governor approached you? has she called you? >> craig, i put your name in the hat this morning. i remember when you carried a camera all over south carolina on your shoulder. you along with 1.2 million other people have asked for that job. governor hailey is going to make a solid pick. it's her choic
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 2:00am PST
disaster areas in late october. >>> tea party leader and some say gop king-maker, senator jim demint of south carolina, is stepping down from congress, this happening on january 1st. demint will become head of the heritage foundation. that's a conservative think tank with an $80 million-a-year budget. demint is just two years into a second six-year term, and south carolina governor nikki haley will appoint his successor. >>> so, 2012 was officially the most expensive election in american political history. the final reports show that spending on the campaign broke the $2 billion landmark and milestone in its final weeks, helping set the record. las vegas casino mogul sheldon adelson and his wife poured more than $95 million into super political action committees that helped republicans, including mitt romney. >>> this sounds more like a plot out of a tom clancy cold war novel. a rove navy sailor is suspected of telling top-secret submarine tracking technology to the russians. nbc affiliate reporter andy fox with wavy has this story. >> reporter: robert hoffman appeared in court weari
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 2:30am PST
, tea party favorite and conservative icon senator jim demint, one of the most powerful republicans in washington, he's from south carolina, well, he says he's stepping down from the senate next month. the 61-year-old republican is leaving his job to become president of the heritage foundation, a powerful conservative think tank. he actually says he'll have more influence on conservative principles. >> the idea of going to the heritage foundation, which is the premier conservative think tank in our country, and leveraging their assets to communicate to all americans that we can make their lives better, this is a dream job for me, and it's critically important. i don't think republicans will win another national election unless conservatives first convince americans that our principles work. i think i'm in a more powerful position than a single united states senator. i wouldn't feel good about leaving if we didn't have so many new, bright, young conservatives now in the senate. >> with jim demint leaving, it's now going to be up to south carolina governor nikki haley to determine who
CNBC
Dec 5, 2012 4:00am EST
criticism. mitch mcconnell wouldn't publicly endorse boehner's plan, while jim demint says it would destroy jobs. at the same time, the kkr co-chairman and ceo henry kravis says uncertainty is the main reason why investing isn't happening right now. he says many companies are rushing to close deals before the end of the year, concerns about whether the capital gains tax will rise. he says the fiscal cliff shouldn't be a big issue, and if businessmen got into the room they could solve the problem much faster than congress. >>> adding his tuppence, he says they'll have to get used to it and the fiscal cliff is one of the reasons. >> we have structural influences that speak to the deleveraging, speak to aging demographics of the boomers, that speak to globalization and technology, all of which have been labor and job unfriendly. >> joining us with his views, the senior european economist at jeffries international. before we talk about europe, i'm just wondering if bill gross is right there, what kind of impact is that going to have for everybody else? >> well, in terms of the fiscal cliff, it
CNN
Dec 7, 2012 2:00am PST
for president of the united states of south carolina, now steven colbert for senate? with republican jim demint leaving the senate before his term is over, there is already a groundswell of support on the web for colbert to take that seat. someone already created a twitter account and scooped up the colbert for senate website. nikki haley gets to appoint someone to finish demint's term. colbert better start his campaign. >>> and late night goes up in smoke. clearly the hosts were high on the idea of legalizing pot last nigh night. >> marijuana became legal in the state of washington, which makes -- [ applause ] -- yeah. that makes 19 states which have now legalized marijuana. which, of course, raises the question how the hell did hostess go bankrupt? >> an entrepreneur in colorado rafted an ice cream infused with marijuana. which is why when you go to put it in the freezer it's like i'm already chill, man. >> as of today, washington state legalized both marijuana and day marriage. that's a true story. yeah. so today men all over washington have two different reasons to say i love you, man. the
NBC
Dec 7, 2012 4:30am EST
senator jim demint of south carolina is stepping down from congress on january 1st. demint will become the head of the heritage foundation. that's a conservative think tank with an $80 million a year budget. demint is just two years into a second six-year term and south carolina governor nikki haley will appoint his successor. >>> well, it sure does sound like a plot out of a tom clancey cold war novel. a rogue navy sailor is accused of selling tracking technology to the russians. nbc affiliate reporter andy fox with wavy has that story. >> reporter: robert hoffman appeared in court wearing a t-shirt with a rooster on it with the boards born to fight in reference to cock fighting. >> mr. hoffman, did you try to sell government secrets? >> reporter: just a big smirky smile from hoffman who retired a year ago and is trained as a navy krip tow logic technician. the indictment reads hoffman had access to top secret information which could cause exceptionally grave damage to national security. on october 21st hoffman is accused of delivering secret information to people he believed to be of
CNN
Dec 6, 2012 11:00am PST
. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party made the last two years is trying to make obama the issue without sharing with america bold reform ideas that get people inspired to get behind us. >> senator demint, huge tea party supporter. sometimes clashes with his own party's leadership. he is leaving with four years left in his senate term. earlier, he said he'd retire when the term was up in 2017 but gave no previous indication he might quit now. i want to go to dana bash joining me on the phone here. dana, huge surprise to a lot of people. what's behind the resignation. >> reporter: a huge stunner. nobody saw it coming. i was told by a source close to demint he did
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 10:00am PST
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MSNBC
Dec 8, 2012 4:00am PST
south carolina, senator jim demint. it seems rather sudden. amy, why do you think it's happening now? >> i don't know. i think that's something ed can speak to a little better. he covers congress. >> ed, jump in. >> don't worry about it. he was slated to become the republican on the congress committee. he had to get out now or else he would have to put together a staff. made sense for him to go now. secondly, leaving and essentially announcing it now gives the governor enough time over the next few weeks to make a decision who to put in. he made it clear he wasn't running for election when he was up in 2016. there were some rumblings he would leave early. some people do this when they announce they aren't running again. sets up a fantastic scenario for republicans. all the talk around tim scott. he's a congressman, a black republican, very conservative. what would it say that the state that once elected strom thurmond to the senate would potentially have the only black man in the senate and he just so happens is a republican. you would put potentially tim scott in the senate, have hi
PBS
Dec 6, 2012 5:30pm PST
senator jim demint announced that he will resign in january. to become the next president of the heritage foundation-- a conservative washington think tank. in a statement, demint said, a tea party favorite, demint had blasted the house republicans' proposal to raise rev earlier in the week. south carolina's other senator lindsey graham lamented the loss of his colleague and friend. >> he really did strongly and passionately advocate for his position and did it very effectively, jim made the republican party quite frankly look inward and do some self evaluation, conservatism is an asset not a liability. >> woodruff: the other side of capitol hill was largely quiet today, with the house not in session, and most members gone home for the weekend's recess. >> brown: still to come on the "newshour": egypt's political turmoil; trims to social programs to solve the fiscal crisis; sea level rise in a virginia city; diplomatic movement on syria and a path to high school graduation. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: the death toll from a typhoon in the
ABC
Dec 7, 2012 2:35am EST
capitol hill, one of the senate's conservative leaders, jim demint of south carolina is quitting. he announced his resignation yesterday saying he will leach the senate january 1. demint will head a conservative think-tank now. south carolina's governor says there is no time table to announce demint's replacement. >> a lot of people are questioning this why he will take over the heritage foundation. his salary in the senate is $174,000. he is replacing a guy who, the head of the, the heritage foundation was making roughly $1 million a year. get, got a little bit of an increase. in salary. >> all of these politicians, go on to a lobbying, think-tank, consultant work, all that kind of stuff, they leave for big bucks there. he's considered one of the grandfathers of the tea party movement. a powerful gift. at odd with party leadership. have to wonder did that play a role? tired of the politics on capitol hill? he felt going to the think-tank would allow him to be in a great position to better spread the conservative message didn't get done as well as he thought it could be in the last e
CNN
Dec 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
in the house and the senate are on board. jim demint, republican senator from south carolina. >> this is a time to negotiate with ourselves. we need to invite the president to work with us. his proposal was so outlandish, i don't think we should go back to the table until he puts something there that we can work with. the president has known about this fiscal cliff for over a year. and many of his decisions caused us to be in this position. >> how much of a problem does boehner have with other republicans potentially? >> it's a big problem. it's always been his problem. it's been a problem for the republican party since they started taking that no tax pledge 30 years ago. what is revenue increase? is closing deductions and loopholes a revenue increase? and if so, do you have to oppose that? i think what we see going on in the republican party right now is a fight between the stalwart, no new tax whatever conservatives and those who believe that they have a responsibility to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff in the short term and in the long-term. and as jessica was pointing out
FOX News
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
parting advice when he did. we are talking about senator jim demint. >> it didn't win in south carolina and the republicans that were eec lected run on limited government and less taxes. they shouldn't give in to that and the princele is wrong . the president doesn't have a plan. all it is is a political trophy to the left. we need to do what is good for america. taxing the rich is not going to help the middle class. >> brian: he has four years left on a second term. he's done more for the tea party movement. you talk about marco rubio and senator cruz in texas. >> steve: ram paul. >> brian: ram paul. i am stunned he would leave in a position of leadership and a go to guy to go to the heritage foundation. >> steve: the heritage foundation is a think tank and in the u.s. senate he is one of hundred voices and over there he will be taking over the guy. >> gretchen: money is number one. $174,000 as a senator and may not be the insentative and make over a million bucks and he said it was an honor to be asked. if could be frustration, too. look, he believed that could you wantry is facing a
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2012 2:30am PST
on the wealthy but aims to get the money through cuts in deductions. senator jim demint denounced boehner's plan as a tax hike that will, quote, destroy american jobs and allow politicians in washington to spend even more. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell also distanced himself from the boehner plan declining to endorse it yesterday. >> we've wasted enormous amount of time here sparring back and forth in public, and it strikes me it's a good time to get serious about the proposals. so i have no other particular observation than i commend the house republican leadership for trying to move the process along and getting to a point where hopefully we can have a real discussion. >> but why is the the gop still hot on its desire to raise money through cuts and deductions rather than an actual increase in the top end tax rate? well, i think it's likely because the most ductions in states happen to be the higher blue states. in other words, the gop wants the states that largely reelected the the president to bear the brunt of the financial burden for his plan. and while no deal has been reached ye
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2012 9:00am PST
the tea party's maker jim demint, he will leave office left a hole in the senate at a crucial time. the leading contenders are tim scott, gresham bare rhett, henry mcmaster, nathan valentine and my next guest, congressman from south carolina. it's great to have you here. you are on the short, short list of people to fill the seat. you were quoted saying if the governor were to ask you, you will take the job. but the big question is, do you want the job? >> oh, sure. i think any politician who tells you he wouldn't like to be a united states senator is lying to you. we talked preliminarily with senator demint about what would happen if he retired in 2016. we have given it some thought. any person it's offered to would take it. >> have you spoken to the governor about this, yet? if so, what has the discussion been like? >> i have not. i have friends of hers. we served in the legislature together. i was in the house with her for two years. i have several friends in her office. i have spoken to them, not the governor directly. >> do you feel you have an inside track into her thoughts o
CNN
Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm PST
. some in your caucus have slammed the plan, jim demint among them. do you think john boehner is the guy who's going to get this done? is he going to be able to lead your party to consensus? >> i don't know the answer to that question. what he's trying to do is to mitigate the damage that obama would do with these massive increases in rates. impasse is not an option. means everybody's taxes go up, but if the president has his way, taxes are going to go up on those very wealthy folks making over $200,000, but most are not very wealthy or folks, most are small businesses filing subchapter "s" companies, about 88% of net small business income will be for these taxes when we're depending on them to create two-thirds of the new jobs. boehner's trying to mitigate that mess. i wish him luck. something's going to f to have to give. >> something is going to have to give. from everybody i've talked to and from what we've heard, there two options for the country. one, go over the cliff. the other, extend the bush tax cuts for the 98% of americans. everyone who makes under $200,000 a year if they're
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2012 11:00am PST
's potential to get a sizable deal but as you pointed out with rand paul and jim demint, they were never going to come to the table for a deal that both parties could stomach, at least. so i don't think that john boehner is particularly worried about those two and some republicans on the far right not voting with him anyway. >> who then is worried about in he said that the president needs to talk at a table. they were at a holiday party. not the location perhaps to discuss the fiscal cliff but to show civility and speaker boehner as we understand it didn't go over to talk with the president as he is in the president's house technically. so, i mean, what do we make here? what's the logical next step, erin? >> there is frustration on capitol hill of a breakdown in communications between the white house and republicans on capitol hill. i talked to several republicans around here yesterday who are upset that president obama and some of his staff haven't been to the hill to meet with them so i don't actually know the next step and a breakdown in communication. >> keith, do you buy that, that there'
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 11:00am PST
is looking to replace jim demint. south carolina native and favorite son stephen colbert with with an idea of who should fill that seat. >> who will she pick? you want somebody young and conservative, somebody from south carolina. maybe somebody who had a super pac. wait a second. >> watch where you point that thing. it's powerful. okay. >> governor haley jokingly writing thank you for your interest in the u.s. senate seat, but you didn't know our state drink. big, big mistake. for the record the state drink in south carolina is milk. the 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion mark making it the most expensive race in american plital history. federal finance reports show president obama's re-election team raced just north of $1.1 billion while team romney raised just under $1.1 billion. that story is the topic of our gut check on this friday. what does your gut tell you? is a $2 billion election too expensive? go to facebook.com/newsnation to vote. that will do it for this friday edition of "news nation." i'm craig melvin. "the cycle" is up next. oh...there you go. wooohooo....hah
PBS
Dec 4, 2012 5:30pm PST
goes too far in taxing the well-off. south carolina senator jim demint, a staunch fiscal conservative, blasted the plan on twitter today. he said speaker boehner's offer of an $800 billion tax hike will destroy jobs and allow politicians in washington to spend even more. but the senate's democratic majority leader harry reid warned republicans against listening to such voices. >> you can't let these negotiations be dictated by the tea party. our guiding principle should be the views of the vast majority of the american people. the math is clear. the only way to accomplish these things is to allow the rates to go up on the top two percent of tax payers. we're not going to twist ourselves into contortions to apiece a vocal minority of the tea party. >> reporter: in turn, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said president obama needs to ride herd on democrats if there's any hope of agreement. >> only one person in the country can deliver the members of his party to support a deal that he makes. and that's the president. there have been no deals of this magnitude made in modern times i
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2012 12:00pm PST
of it mean for the army of conservative followers? we'll talk about that and what jim demint's departure will mean as well. >>> plus, how many justin biebers can you buy for the amount of money we spent on the 2012 election? it's an odd question, but we're going to answer it straight ahead. this is msnbc, the place for politics. wasn't my daughter's black bean soup spectacular? [ man thinking ] oh, this gas. those antacids aren't working. oh no, not that, not here! [ male announcer ] antacids don't relieve gas. gas-x is designed to relieve gas. gas-x. the gas xperts. gas-x is designed to relieve gas. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. it's healthier, and the only one clinically proven. with aloe, vitamins, and no ammonia. my hair looks healthier than before i colored. i switched. you can too, to natural in
CNN
Dec 4, 2012 11:00am PST
of those conservatives is senator jim demint. listen to what he said. >> republicans should not be conceding that the federal government needs more money, negotiating with ourselves, and treating the president's proposal like it's serious. this is not a time to negotiate with ourselves. we need to invite the president to work with us, his proposal was so outlandish, i don't think we should go back to the table until he puts something there that we can work with. >> reporter: now, brooke, house republican leaders are particularly those in speaker boehner's office are saying this is proof that they have moved away from the traditional republican position, moving towards the white house. so the white house should take that into consideration. but there definitely is an important undercurrent we should explore here, which is the fact that at the end of the day, if there is a deal, i talked to some republicans who say that the speaker really has to be careful to get the majority of a majority of his republican conference in order to make sure that he -- >> a majority of majority.
CNN
Dec 5, 2012 11:00am PST
before about the e-mail alerts that conservative groups have put out, republican senator jim demint was up-front about the fact he's not happy about it. however, when it comes to speaker boehner's own republican conference, as it is called, we're told they met for an hour and there wasn't backlash, that they were united behind him. it seems as though, brooke, that the speaker has, for now, emphasize for now, been able to turn the frustration within his caucus against the president and not -- and keep it away from himself and that's why you're hearing over and over the speaker say that the republicans are trying to be reasonable, the republicans are trying to move the process forward and it is up to the president. at least at this point in time, to even respond because it has been two days since the president has gotten their counterproposal and haven't heard from the president. >> we know the congress is done for at least this week. some lawmakers have left town and you asked speaker boehner point blank, is he willing to stick around to work on the fiscal cliff problems? what was hi
CNN
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
into cnn, we have confirmed senator jim demint will step down as of december 31st. he's from south carolina. leading member of the tea party. he'll take over the head of the heritage foundation. cnn's dana bash live on capitol hill with more. why did senator demint decide to step down? >> we're trying to get more information from his aides. maybe find him in the hallways here. it's a bit of a surprise because demint has felt that he's been able to be effective here in congress because he has been kind of a conservative very willing to push his own leadership in ways that often times they don't want to be pushed with regard to deficit reduction, with regard to strict fiscal policy. that's by far his number one issue. i can tell you he's also really angered republican leaders over the past two election cycles by raising millions of dollars, a lot of money, for republican candidates who "establishment" thought were less able to win the general election. he is a purist. he's an anti-tax, anti-government purist. it does seem that he's kind of had it here. he wouldn't be the only one to say that
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